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Highly Specialised Dietitian - Eating Disorders

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inc. Inner HCAs
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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The post-holder will be an expert practitioner and provide dietary advice, guidance and education to both patients and clinicians in the Adult Eating Disorder Service.

This will include leading on service development for dietetic provision across the inpatient, day patient and outpatient services.

They will work as a key member of multi-disciplinary teams and work with these staff to support their understanding of nutrition and hydration issues and work collaboratively to ensure continuity of care. This includes providing specialist dietetic assessment and counselling for adults with clinical eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

As part of the Dietetic Service providing care to a multi-cultural and diverse population, to

deliver a high standard of service to patients with Eating Disorders across Inpatient, Day-patient and Outpatient services.

Key roles are:
  • Patient assessments to assess nutritional needs and devise meal plans
  • Provision of advice to staff regarding Meal plans
  • Provide nutritional education groups
  • Attend multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meetings to provide feedback nutrition advice/ input to the patient care planning
  • Leading on service development for dietetic provision
  • Providing clinical and management supervision to Band 4 Dietetic Assistant

About us

CNWL's vision and values underpin everything we do in Eating Disorders Service Line.

Our vision

Wellbeing for life: We work in partnership with all who use our services to improve health and wellbeing. Together we look at ways of improving an individual's quality of life, through high quality healthcare and personal support.

Our values

Compassion: Our staff will be led by compassion and embody the values of care outlined in our Staff Charter.

Respect: We will respect and value the diversity of our patients, service users and staff, to create a respectful and inclusive environment, which recognises the uniqueness of each individual.

Empowerment: We will involve, inform and empower our patients, service users, carers and their families to take an active role in the management of their illness and adopt recovery principles.We will ensure our staff receive appropriate direction and support, to enable them to develop and grow.

Partnership: We will work closely with our many partners to ensure that our combined efforts are focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for the people we serve.

All our staff are expected to understand and deliver their daily activities according to these underpinning Core Values and principles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be a clinical expert within the speciality. Make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about Dietetic intervention options.
  • Provide specialist assessment, diagnosis, advice and intensive intervention for people requiring Dietetic input in specialist clinical area
  • Provide expert advice, joint working and give second opinions concerning highly complex cases within specialist clinical area.
  • Carry own Dietetic caseload within the specialist area Adult ED.
  • To ensure the provision of excellent, evidence-based dietetic care for adults at all times.
  • Ensure that each adult is assessed, that their care is planned, implemented and evaluated, and that this is accurately documented.
  • To use specific diagnostic and assessment methods (e.g. anthropometric measurements, biochemistry data and dietary assessments as appropriate) to inform nutrition-related diagnosis and dietary management goals.
  • Provide an effective and efficient Dietetic service for people with specialist and/or complex needs within the Specialist area.
  • Promote Patient Centred Care and ensure the provision of a welcoming, caring, clean and safe environment for the individuals that access the service.
  • Explore best Dietetic practice, interpreting current evidence to implement and innovate within the Specialist area.
  • To communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers and other staff, overcoming any barriers to understanding and providing support during distressing or emotional events.
  • Act in a consultancy role providing therapeutic advice to people, carers and clinicians through professional expertise.
  • To develop and maintain clinical skills and knowledge necessary to provide holistic, evidence-based care. This includes completion of the Trusts clinical skills competency framework and expanded role responsibilities, following appropriate training.
  • Provide individual training for other professionals, for members of the MDT working with people in specialist area, families and dietetic staff related to specialist dietetic, advice and skills.
  • Communicate effectively, promoting open and trusting relationships.
  • Participate in and contribute to case conferences and review meetings for people and their families including the preparation of formal reports.
  • Provide Dietetic leadership to colleagues in the teams. Liaise with other Dietetic Leaders through networking regarding issues relating to own Clinical Specialist area.

Clinical Governance:
  • Have responsibility for the quality of Dietetic service delivery within the specialist area of practice across the adult eating disorder service.
  • To demonstrate clinical effectiveness by use of the evidence-based practice in providing appropriate specialist interventions and evaluation of outcomes.
  • Maintain clinical records and reports on service users in accordance with service guidelines and Healthcare Professions Council (HCPC) and British Dietetic Association (BDA) standards.
  • To work within defined departmental and national protocols/policies and professional code of conduct (e.g. accountability, recognize professional boundaries, clinical governance).

Service Development:
  • Be a clinical leader within an identified specialist clinical area, leading by example, demonstrating good practice, openness and responsiveness to emerging evidence.
  • Undertake leadership duties related to Dietetics including, the planning and implementation of Dietetic service delivery working in conjunction with the appropriate operational team leads and professional managers
  • Develop robust professional networks with other Dietetic teams, The Multi-Disciplinary Team, Primary Care, Community Services, Local Authority and Third Sector to enhance service provision
  • Provide evidence-informed interventions and demonstrate high level clinical reasoning skills in implementing best practice explore innovations in practice and implement them accordingly
  • To assess and review clinical dietetic education materials and produce new evidence based high quality resources to support dietetic practice.

  • To maintain and demonstrate a personal development plan to ensure continued professional development. To meet targets agreed in the personal development plan.
  • To deliver and commit to the dietetic student training programme as a health educator practitioner.
  • To identify training and development needs to ensure continued professional development.
  • To ensure that clinical & management supervision needs are met.
  • To demonstrate responsibility for managing workload and meeting targets.
  • To maintain professional registration with the HCPC, by ensuring that practice complies with the professional code of conduct.
  • Membership to the Dietetic Professional Body the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and special interest groups to keep abreast of new developments and deliver educational workshops as required.
  • To be competent in the use of all relevant Trust IT systems ensuring that data is entered in an accurate and timely fashion, in accordance with Trust policy and procedure
  • To build relationships and provide cross cover support with other dietitians in the eating disorder service including the Children and Young Peoples team and the MEED practitioner.
  • To build relationships with other dietitians working within CNWL mental and physical health services.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications:


  • Highly developed specialist knowledge acquired through Nutrition and dietetics degree (or similar) supplemented by Master's level or equivalent demonstrable knowledge & experience
  • UK Registered Dietitian with HCPC


  • Woking towards completion of a validated course in specialist area of practice
  • Memberships to relevant specialist interest Group BDA etc.



  • Extensive experience of working within adult eating disorders. Including the typical ED Treatment methodologies in inpatient and outpatient setting.
  • Extensive experience of working within adult specialist clinical area.
  • Experience of service development projects/audit related to dietetic provision.
  • Experience of service development projects/audit related to dietetic provision.
  • Significant experience of working within Dietetics
  • Knowledge of mental health problems, mental health law and legislation
  • Understanding of professional and current issues in dietetics in mental health
  • Has good knowledge of national strategies and clinical evidence related to adult nutrition
  • Handling safeguarding issues according to Trust policies and procedures
  • Awareness of equality and diversity


  • Expertise in treatment of ARFID
  • Expertise in helping neurodiverse people with eating difficulties

Special Aptitudes/Abilities:


  • Demonstrates an understanding of and empathy to the needs of service users
  • Ability to assess, plan and implement highly complex dietetic interventions.
  • Demonstrable ability to reflect deeply on practice and use this to improve practice.
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues


  • Ability to understand and work with challenging behaviour

Personal Characteristics:


  • A genuine interest in working within this specialism.
  • Shows evidence of common sense, tolerance and empathy.
  • Shows a mature, accepting warm attitude and has the ability to motivate others.
  • Demonstrates professionalism (in accordance with the HCPC requirements) and good interpersonal relationships at all times.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre

1 Nightingale Place


SW10 9NG

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